FAME Review: Mark Lettieri - Futurefun
Mark Lettieri - Futurefun


Mark Lettieri

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Mark Lettieri, though a young cat, is of a dying breed, a gent whose playing is difficult to pigeonhole, though it shows antecedents in the less known work of some great players like Janne Schaeffer, sessioneer for Abba but a gent who long ago released a short series of really tasty solo slabs much remembered by connoissieur Boomers, and then cats like Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour, also session men and soloists whose least lauded work is their best. Those guys can fuse rock, jazz, and prog like no one's business when they've a mind to, but Lettieri does so with even greater freedom and fluidity. He's not afraid of pedals and in tracks like the title cut becomes a one-man combination of Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer (funnily enough, he gave up trying to be the next Beck, but the past effort imbued a really tasty method of handling and vocabulary). Satriani, y'all, ain't the only gent who knows how to handle the troubleboxes.

Futurefun is a long EP (+/- 28 min.) originally slated to be full-lengther, but Lettieri's a discerning fellow and cut it down to 5 full-bodied burners (well, Extraspecial and the first movement of Stinger are mellow, but don't tell anyone I said so)…plus intro and outro. I also catch a good deal of Michael Landau in Mark. Mike's also a cat who has backed up the mello-heads (Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, etc.) but on his own lets it all hang out and is a much rougher player. Lettieri's more finessey, but there's a molten center to both that's impossible to ignore and not long kept under leash. Lettieri plays with a full band (bass, drums, keyboards) but he's front and center on every cut, and if you're the kinda individual who eats guitar discs like they're Angus $6 burgers at Carl's Jr., this is the desert they don't sell.

Track List:

  • Intro
  • Catboy
  • Futurefun
  • Extraspecial
  • Stinger
  • Slugbug
  • Outro
All songs written by Mark Lettieri.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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